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Via Ferrata in Les Gentianes

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This via ferrata enjoys a high-altitude alpine setting at more than 3,000 metres above sea level. Discover a thrilling route on a compact rocky outcrop framed by edelweiss and rock jasmine, with magnificent views of the Val de Bagnes.

The information provided corresponds to that of the Via Ferrata "Edelweiss", the easiest of the two. (Edelweiss and Androsace)

moderate
Distance 1.1 km
0:42 h
152 m
152 m
3,038 m
2,889 m
The Edelweiss is a route ideal for people who have little experience or who wish to warm up before tackling the Androsace itinerary, located close by. Along the Edelweiss via ferrata, you can spot Switzerland’s iconic plant – and perhaps some of the wildlife of the Val de Bagnes, including ibex. The 900 rungs and nearly 800 metres of cable offer you a unique access to the summit of the ridge of the Monts de Cion, with glorious views of the Mont Fort, the Tortin Glacier and the valley.

Author’s recommendation

The via ferrata is equipped with a Prisme Aeroligne continuous life line system. Compatible equipment is available for hire from the restaurant Les Gentianes, located by the cable car summit station (CHF 20.- / set). It is also possible to use via ferrata kits with traditional lanyards that meet the EN 958/2017 standard, throughout the itinerary.
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Mégane Roduit
Update: September 08, 2021
Difficulty
Cmoderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Sommet des Monts-de-Cion, 3,038 m
Lowest point
Col des Gentianes, 2,889 m
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Cardinal direction
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Access
100 m, 1:00 h
Wall height
100 m
Climbing length
250 m, 1:00 h
Descent
100 m, 0:30 h

Safety information

Weather conditions: before setting off to tackle a via ferrata, it is important to check the weather forecast. Bad conditions can make climbing dangerous – particularly in stormy weather.

Rockfalls: because of the risk of falling rocks – usually caused by climbers higher up or by animals – all climbers are strongly advised to wear a helmet.

Safety: always leave sufficient distance between yourself and the climber ahead. There should never be more than one person between two anchor points.

Tips and hints

 Find more information about the destination here:

Verbier

Start

Col des Gentianes (2,893 m)
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Destination

Sommet des Monts-de-Cion

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Col des Gentianes, pale-blue signs show the direction of the Monts de Cion, at an altitude of 2,950 m. Allow about 20 minutes to walk to the starting point of the via ferrata. The ascent proper features a combination of sequences of rungs, a cable bridge and several vertical passages, with superb views along the way. The route finishes at a flat and spacious section of the ridge that offers you a chance to relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

At the summit of the Monts de Cion, follow the exit trail that leads you back to the starting point. From here, you can also tackle the Androsace (“rock primrose”) via ferrata, which is more difficult.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train services operate regularly between Martigny and Le Châble, departure point for the “Le Châble–Verbier” gondola and also for PostBuses up to Verbier.

From Sion, there is a regular PostBus service to Nendaz.

Getting there

From the Verbier side: “Verbier–Les Ruinettes” gondola, then “La Chaux Express” gondola/chairlift, then “Jumbo” cable car.

From the Nendaz side: “Siviez–Tortin” chairlift, then “Tortin–Gentianes” cable car.

The via ferrata is free of charge; access via the gondolas and chairlifts is payable (“4 Vallées” lift pass).

Parking

Parking places are available at Le Châble and also in the centre of the resorts of Nendaz and Verbier.

Coordinates

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eugen E. Hüsler, Daniel Anker : Die Klettersteige der Schweiz 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000 1325 Sembrancher

Equipment

 All climbers must wear a harness. Because of the risk of falling rocks along the route, a helmet is also essential. Ensure you have sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing, and bring a small rucksack with water and a snack. A suitable pair of gloves will protect your fingers and knuckles from grazes.

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Rating

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Steve Hermosisima
August 05, 2021 · Community
The advanced option was a huge difference. Loved every moment of it. The suspended bridge, the overhung/inverted sections m, and overall greater level of thrills
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Difficulty
Cmoderate
Distance
1.1 km
Duration
0:42 h
Ascent
152 m
Descent
152 m
Highest point
3,038 m
Lowest point
2,889 m
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